On the morning of the 7th the research team found the youngest members of the Ngamo pride, KE3, KE4, AS4 and AS5, resting together in a dense thicket in Etosha just off route 66. Clearly waiting for the adults to come and collect them, the four cubs watched curiously as the vehicle stopped nearby and soon started a game of ‘peek a boo’ with the research team from behind a tree.
AS5 was feeling extra brave and slowly moved to gain a better look. But his nerve didn’t last for long and he soon retreated to the safety of the thicket and his sister.
Just as the team were about to leave to set out searching for the adults Kenge appeared, much to the delight of the youngest members of the pride. The rest of the pride was not far behind and the cubs happily bounded along route 66 thrilled to be back with the rest of their family.
As the pride reached waterhole one, AT1 stopped dead and stared hard into Amboseli. She stalked quickly in to dense thickets and sat watching a herd of impala 35 metres away from her. The little huntress waited patiently, biding her time and focusing intently on her target. With no other lioness interested this was a solo hunt by the oldest cub. Lowering herself to the ground, AT1 stalked closer before charging at full pace towards the herd, sending the impala fleeing. The research team lost visual of the chase as AT1 moved through dense thickets, but soon found her again resting with Nala and Narnia. Clearly an unsuccessful hunt this time around, but it is fantastic to see our eldest cub taking the initiative to hunt by herself.
On the 9th the pride were resting in Masai Mara, the scene peaceful and serene. That was until the lionesses picked up the scent of something on the wind and ran in to Amboseli, clearly wanting to get a closer look at what had caught their attention.
Kenge climbed on to the top of a nearby mound, focusing in the distance. Deciding to copy her aunt, it wasn’t long before AS4 ascended to the top of the mound, posing beautifully in the fading sun.
Satisfied that whatever had caught their attention was no longer around, the pride settled down once again as another day came to an end.